Small drop in early entry GCSEs after crackdown

The BBC reports that there were 54,845 entries for early GCSEs in Wales this month, down 4.5% compared to November 2016.

Pupils were able to sit exams in two Maths GCSEs, English Language and Welsh language in November.

But the Education Secretary Kirsty Williams wants to crack down on so-called “early entry” in future.

The regulator Qualification Wales had warned that large numbers of pupils taking GCSEs early could be putting their education at risk.

Provisional figures from Qualifications Wales show:

  • 22,670 students sat their Mathematics GCSE in November, down 1.7% on last year.
  • A larger 32.4% decrease in those who sat Mathematics-Numeracy, down to 19,730.
  • Entries from Year 10 and below were lower than in November 2016.

Only re-sits were allowed for English language and Welsh language in November, though that will change in future as part of the reforms announced by the Education Secretary last month.

Ms Williams has said that only the first attempt at a GCSE will count towards a school’s performance measures from 2019, in an effort to reduce the high numbers being put in early for exams.

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